Set Wedges or Specialist Wedges?

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Perhaps more a confidence thing?

I hit the odd duffer with the stock PW for some reason (and others), but really enjoy hitting the S159's and they seem to be easier to hit half and 3/4 shots.
And that answer is the one I've been waiting for.
If it's a confidence thing, then go for S159s, but try swapping the AW first, as previously recommended.
Go for the loft gaps in your first post, or go with Bob's suggestion and drop one.
You may need to consider a different grind on the AW and the PW, because you may deliver the club differently on full shots with them.
 

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Recently I've been using driver, 3-wood and two hybrids.
My 9 irons have been 21°, 24°, 28°, 32°, 36°, 40° and then 45°, 50°, 57°

When we get more run on the fairways I might drop one of the bigger bats and use 10 irons that are
21°, 24°, 27°, 30.5°, 34°, 38°, 42° and then 46°, 52°, 58°. This narrows the gaps in the mid-range and more loft at the shorter end for when the greens firm up a bit.

I don't care much for the words or names. If the lofted clubs work for you - use 'em.
 
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We all love a question I suppose we can only answer for ourselves, but here goes...

I've a set of Ping i230's 4-UW, then two S159 wedges, fitted, so same shaft and lie.

Set PW is 45, UW 50 - S159 54 and 58.

I use the 50 for 100 yard full shots and the odd bump and run and the 54 for 75 yard full shots and around the green, including bunkers. I find the 54 a lovely full shot club and feel I can pinpoint the landing each and every time.

So, thinking of replacing the set PW and UW for 159's. May bend the 46 back to 45 (not sure), or just my spec 46 and 50, so I end up 9 iron 41, then wedges 46/50/54/58.

As said, I know it's a personal choice, but as scoring clubs, wondered what everyone thought. I appreciate I could test some, but it's never easy to test them in 'real life situations'.

Had always played stock wedge (46ish) then 52/58 and was fine with this. New srixons last year had the wedge at 43* so I had to put a 48* wedge in to gap fill. I reckon it’s the most used wedge from my 48/52/58 set up.
 

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Anything less lofted than around 50 degree I do not think of as a wedge even if it says something like PW on the bottom.

To me it is more important that clubs with less than 50 degrees of loft match the rest of the iron set as these are 'distance' clubs.
 

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I have the i230 PW and UW, then Ping Glide 54°. I use the UW an awful lot, full shots from 110 and then half / Q shots from 110 to around 70y.

Hard to give advice as much of it depends on what club you use for what sort of shots.
My usual preference is to hit a more controlled wedge shot as opposed to full 100% swing.

Get the 50° S159 and go from there.
 

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My take is that if you use your Gap/U/A wedge for chipping more than full shots then a specialist wedge is probably a better way to go - getting the right bounce and grind will make things easier.
On the other hand if you mainly use it for fuller shots then the "set" G/A/U wedge might serve a better purpose.
 

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I have dropped my gap wedge for a 2i and i feel i have had much more consistent scores than having an extra wedge.

I now have a bag set up of Mizuno Driver
Callaway paradym 3 wood
TM M2 5 wood
Srixon zu65 2i
Ping S59 3-PW
Vokey SM8 58*
 

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I have dropped my gap wedge for a 2i and i feel i have had much more consistent scores than having an extra wedge.

I now have a bag set up of Mizuno Driver
Callaway paradym 3 wood
TM M2 5 wood
Srixon zu65 2i

Ping S59 3-PW
Vokey SM8 58*
Interesting how you have the 5 wood and a 2 iron.
Is that for different ball flights...5 wood for high and 2 iron for low?
And also the 11 deg gap between your 2 wedges when many seems to be going for 4 or 6 deg gaps
 

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Played today and purposely used the UW (50 degree) for more than a full 100 yard shot.

I'd usually automatically go to my 54 degree wedge from 80 down and around the green, being comfortable with it. 58 is bunkers and when I have to get over anything 'scary'.

It worked well for chips, getting close to the hole most times, so I'll keep on using it more and see how it goes.
 

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Interesting how you have the 5 wood and a 2 iron.
Is that for different ball flights...5 wood for high and 2 iron for low?
And also the 11 deg gap between your 2 wedges when many seems to be going for 4 or 6 deg gaps
Yes it is.

My short game has actually improved since i dropped my gap wedge. I can play most shots with my PW for me not to need a GW.
 

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Nope. AW stands for approach wedge and sits between the PW and GW. They've only come to exist with the advent of extremely strong-lofted irons.
Taylormade Stealth Irons are PW, AW, then SW, the AW is also known as the Gap Wedge.

Really depends on the brand.
 

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And it all depends on the brand

TM and Titlest have PW ar 46 and GW at 50

A GW was introduced to “gap” the difference between a PW and SW

Some brands have an AW to gap the difference between a PW and a SW

So as @Bratty said an AW can also be a GW
My bad I guess. I didn't realise Callaway were unusual on this. 👍🏻
 
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